Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has found an alternative to Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, according to a report from Sport.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Frenchman for the better part of the last six months. Arsenal even had two bids rejected for Aouar in the summer, and Arteta has seemingly given up on him.
Arsenal desperately need creativity in their squad. The win against Chelsea on Saturday gave us a massive boost, but that does not eliminate the need for a new creator in next month’s transfer window.
Arteta has identified an alternative to Aouar
Arteta has identified the player he wants to bring in and it’s Barcelona’s Riqui Puig. The 21-year-old has had his problems with Barca boss Ronald Koeman this season. He has played for just three minutes in La Liga this term, and it doesn’t look like he will get any more game time.
A number of clubs are interested in his signature ahead of the January transfer window. Arsenal and AC Milan are reportedly two of them and both clubs have been keeping an eye on Puig for a long time.
Arsenal have been hesitant to make a move in the past because they felt that Barcelona and Puig wouldn’t be willing to part ways. However, he is entering the final six months of his contract, and although Barca have an option to extend it, they haven’t decided to exercise it just yet.
The Gunners are readying a loan offer to sign the 21-year-old in the upcoming transfer window. The report claims Arsenal and Arteta are confident that Puig will accept the offer to join us, but AC Milan will make it difficult.
Should Arsenal sign Puig?
Puig would undoubtedly be an incredible signing on the long term. However, Arsenal need someone to hit the ground running and the Barcelona youngster might find it difficult to do that.
That doesn’t mean Arsenal shouldn’t make a move for him. Puig has all the qualities to become an incredible player in the coming years – just ask AC Milan legend Daniele Massaro who has labelled the youngster as the new Andres Iniesta.
“Riqui Puig plays with real personality, always with his head up. We could be looking at the new (Andres) Iniesta,” he said as per Goal in June this year.